While the government of the Netherlands plans to tighten marijuana rules in the country, the local hotels are afraid this fact will cause negative impact on the flow of tourism as many visitors come to the country to have a pot.
It is known that until the end of this year the new rule about coffee shops will be applied. Tourists will be prohibited to buy marijuana in them. The local Dutch residents will be permitted to make a purchase only in case they have annual coffee shop membership. Until now marijuana has been technically illegal in the country, but that rule was generally neglected.
A week ago the government of the Netherlands posted an open letter in which it states about its plans of stopping the illegal traffic of drugs and criminality connected with coffee shops. In order to get the legal power, the policy must be approved by the supreme court of the country.
If tourists are banned from having marijuana in the Netherlands, this may have a serious negative impact on the country’s tourism. Each year hotels in Amsterdam provide guestrooms for 16 million of people. Approximately 40% of the visitors come to Amsterdam to enjoy “drug tourism”.